Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The constitutional court reserved judgment yesterday on an application by senior editors of Independent Newspapers to access restricted documents relating to former intelligence boss Billy Masetlha.
Lawyers for Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils argued that allowing this would compromise the intelligence services.
"If you bring into the net of the intelligence services lawyers, advocates and now even editors . that is a very, very dangerous practice," said David Unterhalter.
Independent Newspapers wanted access to the documents that included an 11-page report by Manala Manzini, the Inspector-General of Intelligence.
This was to determine whether they could challenge the restrictions which Kasrils had placed on them.
"We are seeking information to enable us to determine whether or not the minister's claims to classification of parts of the documents as restricted are potentially spurious," said lawyers representing Independent Newspapers. - Sapa